The Moroccan critic Mohamed Benaziz said that “the real hero of the film Athena, directed by Roman Javras, is the portable camera that follows what is happening, where the cinematographic medium is played, and is the equivalent of the narrator who becomes a subject. of his narration. .
Benaziz, in his article entitled “Athena’s film: The uprising of the grandchildren of immigrants against the police in their country”, addressed a set of scenes from the film, noting that the film “Athena” features North African names in a French suburb . which should be analyzed in the sociology of cages, where vertical buildings are piled high, and there are no horizontal institutions in the ocean, and one of the consequences of this overcrowding is discontent with oneself and with the place.”
Mohamed Benaziz pointed out that “the events take place in a closed place among the people of the neighborhood, where the young people belong to a miserable socio-cultural center, which condemns their future to death, then prepares to face the enemy State.”
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Due to police brutality, blood runs and a violent uprising breaks out destroying, occupying and breaking public property Fire, fire, fire on Athena (Netflix 9-23-2022) directed by Roman Javras. The camera moves to show the unity of the place… The real hero of the film is the moving camera that follows what is happening. The work is developed with the cinematographic medium, which is the equivalent of the narrator, who becomes the subject of his narration. The camera follows a headstrong peacock with no qualifications who attempts to lead an uprising, but is transcended by events.
The drop of spilled blood was the spark that irritated, and the causes are deep… The place suggests the periphery of immigrants, where the seedy neighborhoods of the cities of France; Endless box buildings, with tiny apartments packed with far from basic infrastructure. The decoration enhances the credibility of the events.
And the neighborhood of Athens was taken over by an enraged scum who wants to organize a revolution with catastrophic steps… She wants to negotiate while carrying a burning Molotov cocktail… They called in a moron to strengthen the sit-in and buy time, but that person he had private accounts that derailed the plan.
Jenric presents the film Athena with North African names in a French suburb that should be analyzed in the sociology of cages: overcrowded vertical buildings that are too tall and without horizontal institutions on the outskirts… One of the consequences of this overcrowding is discontent with oneself and with the place. . The young man finds garbage containers in front of him and sets them on fire. This is confirmed by the words of Che Guevara: “The resentment of the poor for their future is revealed in his sharp reactions.”
This is the violence practiced by young people who suffer from a lack of justice and a sense of injustice, and seek change and reject that “there is nothing new under the sun”… and they have nothing to lose. This is political violence, not free violence, like in the Karate movies.
To diagnose the crisis, the screenwriter designed a difficult plot:
A young man from the children of angry immigrants from the French state began to work in the French army… Suddenly, his relative was killed… To whom would his allegiance to the state or blood relationship be? This is a war in the midst of the State and finds its extension in the midst of a family.
The film recounts an event that happened and will happen, which is the confrontation between the police and the youth of popular neighborhoods… The film presents a topic that occupies the front pages of the newspapers… An armed rally took place to demand the right to reveal the truth and identify the criminal cop… A mob that erupted into rampant violence… Angry youths empty their misery by destroying public property… A camera follows them Portable… In a riot-style stadium … This is a chaotic commune in Paris… The camera pans behind the events, which made the shots similar in content and style. This similarity lacks depth and can be boring.
Bloodshed was an occasion for uprising, as happened after Bouazizi’s assassination in Tunisia in 2010, and is happening now after Mahsa Amini’s assassination in the Islamic Republic in September 2022. Uprisings fueled by pent-up anger, persecuted anger by a political chamber. Due to the influence of the film, the head of the area in which it was filmed went to the press to deny that his neighborhood was the place of the events of the story.
The film Atenea portrays a group of young people who fight with the State in its monopoly of violence, for which the prestige of the State is put to the test… The Nation-State does not allow others to occupy public space… It does not negotiate in It costs absolutely nothing, so that more blood will flow… The police will not allow many countries to film similar scenes… For the police, there is a special place for negotiation between the two chosen ones… The voters of the Republic speak on television about neighborhoods that do not apply the glorious laws of the French Republic, neighborhoods ruled by beards and drug dealers… The public turns against foreign uprisings:
“We are right, they are wrong.”
This has given political cover to the police action against those who are creating a short-lived revolt in the Atenea neighborhood.
To capture this work, the camera does not rest and does not look for the perfect lighting… It is a political camera that follows what is happening… Along dark and crooked paths… The actions take place in a short space of time, the camera moves to capture and chase the uncontrolled violence. Two honest brothers seeking justice in two different ways… At the heart of this chaos is a profit-obsessed opportunist, no matter who died and who fought.
The events take place in a closed place among the neighbors of the neighborhood… Young people from a miserable socio-cultural center, whose future is condemned to death. Here religion, regional origin, ethnicity and dialect play a role in the formation of identities and relationships. The people of the neighborhood settle their accounts among themselves… Then they prepare to face the enemy state… The projection has begun, this is one of us and that one is one of you… A strong projection is taking place in the heart of the popular neighborhood: Are you with us or against us? In a loyal scene, Abdul wears a white tunic over a military uniform… Identities overlap and become confused.
This is the dilemma of the loyalty of the third generation of children of immigrants… They were born in France and have practically no relationship with it. Abdul moves in an ambiguous position between “us” and “them”, linked by blood to the victims and linked to loyalty to the State.
In a moment of crisis, the hero of the film has to choose.